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Broad Resources

Resources touching on many aspects of citizen science and/or comprehensive research project development.

UK Environmental Observation Framework's
Guide to citizen science: developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to study biodiversity and the environment in the UK

"This guide aims to support people already involved in citizen science, and those new to it, within the UK."

Field Inquiry through Citizen Science: A Framework for Environmental Literacy

"... a series of guidelines that aids educators interested in citizen science as a means for learning."


USDA, CSREES, and the Land Grant System:

Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring National Facilitation Project
"...a comprehensive support system for Extension volunteer water quality monitoring efforts across the country."


Institute for Culture and Ecology:  

Broadening Participation in Biological Monitoring: Guidelines for Scientists and Managers
"...useful to anyone interested in participatory processes and biological monitoring."


Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont:

The Director's Guide to Best Practices in Citizen Science
" abridged version of the 63-page full monograph... intended to provide an overview of best practices for citizen science programming"



The Volunteer Monitor
"The national newsletter of volunteer water quality monitoring"


The Monitoring Matters Network  

" international network of researchers and practitioners working with innovative approaches to monitoring of natural resources, livelihoods and governance."



Managers' Monitoring Manual
" to design a wildlife monitoring program"
(not specific to citizen science, but walks you through critical steps for research planning)


National Water Quality Monitoring Council

A Framework for Water Quality Monitoring  

"...illustrates a systematic process that, when followed, will help monitoring entities produce and convey the information needed to understand, protect, and restore our waters."


European Tropical Forest Research Network

Participatory assessment, monitoring and evaluation of biodiversity (PAMEB)

Summary of 2002 conference and related materials, "...which can help scientists to support local people in managing biodiversity, or local people to contribute to national biodiversity monitoring processes."



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